Yoga programs teach children to move like animals

Published:

Know a child who behaves like an animal? That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Summit Metro Parks is offering two yoga programs this summer for young visitors ages 6 to 10. Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse said participants will use their imaginations to experience how different animals and plants move. The brand-new offerings will also encourage balance and self-awareness.

“These will be fun and engaging, making exercise something to look forward to,” Kresse said of the FREE programs, offered on the covered Seneca Deck at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron.

The first is Sunday, July 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and registration begins July 12. The second is Sunday, August 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and registration begins August 9. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or large towel and drinking water. Parents must stay with their children, but will not participate. Advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, call the visitors center at the Nature Realm at 330-865-8065.

The park district first offered yoga programs for adults in 2013, and Kresse said they were well received.

“We saw how much adults gained from doing yoga in nature, and we wanted to extend those same benefits to children,” she said.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.